Disney in Concert 2014

Disney in Concert 2014

Last Saturday, August 16th, I attended Disney in Concert in the concert hall of Amsterdam. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it before so’ll explain a bit what’s it about. It’s a concert band, in this case the Metropole Orchestra, with 4 singers playing and singing music from Disney animated movies while clips from the films where shown on a big screen.
The show had a duration for 2 hours and where a mix of instrumental music and singing in both English and Dutch. Most of the music was from the 1980s and 1990s classics like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and of course Aladdin. While Tangled and Frozen came along as well.
Being a Disney fanatic myself I naturally had a great time hearing especially the music preformed live by a big orchestra. I had a hard time not to sing along and sit still during the show. I’ve embedded a YouTube clip of the press event and a clip from last year’s edition.
I hope it returns next year.

Celinde Schoenmaker “Let It Go”

Last year Celinde Shoenmaker “Dat is Mijn Wens” & Freek Bartels “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”

He’s free atlast, Robin Williams passed away at 63

He's free atlast, Robin Williams passed away at 63

Beloved actor Robin Williams died at the age of 63 on Monday, authorities and his wife have confirmed.

Police were the first to announce the death of Williams, who was discovered “unconscious and not breathing inside his residence” in Tiburon, California. A police report was the original source of the announcement.

“The Sheriff’s Office Coroner Divison suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia,” the report stated.

Williams wife Susan Schneider issued a statement shortly after police released theirs. “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Said his publicist in a separate statement today, “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.”

An investigation into his death is now underway.

Update: Hollywood is reacting to the death of Williams. Read tweets from the stars about the passing of their friend and fellow actor.

Update 2: President Obama has issued a statement. “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between,” he said. “But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

In July the actor had checked himself into rehab after troubles with alcohol. A statement from his rep to TMZ at the time said, “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.”

Williams is best known for roles in Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumanji.

More recently, the actor starred on CBS’ The Crazy Ones.

Early Development Artwork by Hans Bacher

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Early Development Artwork by Hans Bacher

Hans Bacher worked on various Disney animated features as production designer. On his blog One1more2time3′s he shares his own work and that of his co-workers. For Aladdin he did early concept artwork for backgrounds and setting the mood for certain scenes using color schemes. You should take a look at the following posts more baghdad, tiger 2, middle east 1990

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Jasmine – Grand Jester Collection

A bust of Princess Jasmine holding a bird has been added to the Grand Jester Collection. I think it’s beautiful with her hair swaying out, although her upper body on top of the palace garden fountain looks a bit weird in my opinion.

Jasmine – Grand Jester Collection.

Genie is also in their collection as well. Standing on top of his lamp Genie is presented in his Hawaii outfit ready for a well deserved vacation.